NFL Predictions Week 3

Football Maniaxs@@FantasymaniaxsSenior Writer ISeptember 22, 2011

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Fans cheer from the stands as the Cincinnati Bengals face the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 24-22.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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If it seems like you are seeing a record amount of points scored over the first two weeks, your imagination is not playing games with you. The NFL is scoring points at a record pace this year. Here are a few statistics courtesy of News Services that show how much the first two weeks have been dominated by scoring.


  • There have been 172 touchdowns scored, the most in the first two weeks of any NFL season. A total of 1,502 points have been scored so far this season.
  • Of the 32 games played in 2011, the winning team has scored fewer than 21 points in just one game (Jacksonville over Tennessee 16-14 in Week 1). According to Elias Sports Bureau, that is the lowest total through two weeks of any season since the 1970 merger. In 2010, 15 games were won by teams scoring 21 or fewer points in the first two weeks of the season.
  • Quarterbacks have amassed 15,771 yards in the first two weeks, which is a record to open a NFL season.

It will be interesting to see if the scoring slows down as the season progresses. That is usually the case as the weather becomes colder and nastier for many of the teams that play outside in northern climates. For now, enjoy the passing yards and the points that those passing offenses are generating. The league has never seen more prolific offense.

Here are my picks for Week 3. My record on the 2011 Season is 25-7.


Houston Texans (2-0) at New Orleans Saints (1-1): Last year, the Houston Texans allowed 26.7 points per game, good for the 29th-ranked scoring defense in the NFL. This year, the Texans have allowed 20 points in two games, which leads the NFL in scoring defense. There is no denying that new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has made this defense better, but there is also no denying that the Texans have played two of the worst offenses in the NFL (Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins). This week, the Texans travel to New Orleans to face the Saints, who have QB Drew Brees and one of the best offenses in the NFL.


There is no doubt the Texans are improved, but they are not ready to shut down an offense like New Orleans on the road. Look for Brees to have a lot of success in the passing game and for the Saints to win this game by double digits. I am buying the Texans as a possible AFC South champion, but not one of the elite teams in the NFL. Winner: Saints


Rest of picks:

Buccaneers over Falcons

Eagles over Giants

Patriots over Bills

Packers over Bears

Panthers over Jaguars

Dolphins over Browns

Bengals over 49ers

Titans over Broncos

Lions over Vikings

Ravens over Rams


Jets over Raiders

Chargers over Chiefs

Seahawks over Cardinals

Steelers over Colts

Redskins over Cowboys

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